Thanks, mr.interwebs. I could use all the help I can get.
If you take a look at this site, this one page (the images) needs to be converted to html AND it must be IE6 compatible.
Currently the way the site is set up, it's Flash-based. There are separate images for each hovered item. Meaning, the current-state image is one whole image that contains all of the objects and the hovered-state image is another image with all of the objects faded with the exception of the hovered-object; so on and so forth. If I simply created an ImageMap with area coordinates, then the only problem would be just creating the transition. Downside: large images files for the browser to load.
I'm not sure that this would be a good use of time to put THAT much work to make a transitional affect to be compatible with IE6. But I could be wrong.
I hope I explained it better. I appreciate your input!